West Farmington United Methodist Church P.O. Box 93 West Farmington, Ohio 44491-0093 Phone: (330) 889-3345 http://www.farmingtoncommunity.org/wfumc/courier.htm Newsletter Staff Pastor Jim George - 889-3345 Dorothy Cleer – 889-2146 Joyce List – 440-548-2618 Carol Jean Goddard – 889-0022 Georgene Svoboda – 889-2128 Adult Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sharon Vandervort – 889-2481 Church Services 10:30 a.m. November 2008 Children Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Our Hope: To reach out to all in Christ’s name. THE COURIER NOTE FROM THE PASTOR with a goal of tithing. We need to encourage each Last month I talked about other to grow in the grace of giving as an essential Intentional Faith Development from the practice of Christian discipleship, and as a “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” congregation we need to practice generosity by our based on the book by Bishop Robert extraordinary support for missions, connectional Schnase. His premise is that successful growing ministries, and organizations that change people’s churches (spiritually as well as in attendance and lives. We need to give joyously, generously, and finances) exhibit the five characteristics he calls: consistently in ways that enrich the souls of our Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional members and strengthens the ministries of the church. Faith Development, Risk-taking Mission & Service, and Jesus’ teachings abound with the tales of rich Extravagant Generosity. This month I would like to and poor, generous and shrewd, givers and takers, address the Practice of Extravagant Generosity. charitable and selfish, faithful and fearful. He “You will be enriched in every way for your commends the poor widow putting her two coins in the great generosity.” (2 Corinthians 9:11) treasury; giving out of her poverty, she “puts in all she Many of us grew up in faithful church going had to live on” (Luke 21:1-4). The story upsets families. We saw and then participated in the weekly expectations by pointing to proportion rather than offering. We may even have been encouraged to give amount as the measure of extravagance. a portion of our allowance to the church or Sunday The practice of generosity describes the School. But then there are those of us who had no Christian’s un-selfish willingness to give in order to early church experience and are learning as we go. make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. Whether we grew up in the church or not, most of us Extravagant Generosity describes practices of sharing give out of what’s left over rather than giving from the and giving that exceed all expectations and extend to best fruits. We need to give to God first. People talk unexpected measures. It describes lavish sharing, about putting God first and having God at the center of sacrifice, and joyous giving of their members out of their lives, but in actual practice most of us make love for God and neighbor. major decisions without seeking God’s will or priorities. The practice of Extravagant Generosity is the God becomes really peripheral instead of central. fruit of maturation in Christ. The result of God’s Instead of giving God the leftovers at the end of the sanctifying grace that molds our hearts and changes month, working proportionally toward tithing becomes our values and behaviors. Extravagant Generosity a spiritual discipline along our faith journey that puts supports the other four practices, helping the church God first. It’s a practical way of saying, “God really is fulfill its ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Lord of our lives, and we do not give into society’s robust and fruitful ways, opening the message of God’s expectations, our possessions, or our appetites.” love in Christ to more people now and for generations Tithing (or working toward tithing) takes enormous to come. trust in God. Tithing strengthens faith. With minor variations, first-century Christian Questions: communities, the Methodists of the 1700’s. faith How do you feel about what our church mentors, and models of Christian living today have all teaches about money? What values and discovered the truth that generosity enlarges the soul, themes guide our church’s efforts to realigns priorities, connects people to the Body of encourage giving and tithing? How do you Christ, and strengthens congregations to fulfill Christ’s feel about how faithful our church is with its ministries. Giving reflects the nature of God. Growing money? in the grace of giving is part of the Christian journey of How has someone else’s generosity touched faith, a response Christian disciples offer to God’s call you and shaped your practices of giving? From to make a difference in the world. whom did you learn generosity? Who People who give generously to the church do continues to influence you toward greater so because they genuinely desire to make a positive generosity? difference for the purposes of Christ and because they What’s the most fun you’ve ever had giving want to align their lives with higher purposes. The give money? What made the experience delightful, in response to the Spirit’s urging and feel a soul- memorable, and meaningful? How do you feel sustaining satisfaction in the sense of meaning and about giving to the church’s ministry? connection that comes with generosity. They give because they love God, love the church, and desire to Let me know what you think grow in love of neighbor. Peace and Blessings! Vibrant, fruitful, growing congregations Pastor Jim practice the Practice of Extravagant Generosity. We need to teach, preach, and practice proportional giving Today's Prayer November 2 – No Shame, No Blame Dear God, I commit my life afresh to you, to follow the November 9 – A God-Focused Life paths of righteousness. Please help me to live life November 16– Making the Connection according to your will, your plan, your Word. Open the November 23 – Taking the Blame doors you want to me to walk through, and close the November 30 – Restored by Grace doors you do not want me to enter. I come to you asking for guidance for this day, and every day to W. FARMINGTON UMC PRAYER come. Thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen. MARKER Special Needs: Please remember our shut-ins: Dorothy Anthony, UMW News Evelyn Brown, Barb Hurst, Marian Root (Windsor House), Anna (Peg) Martin (Windsor House), Betty There were eight members present Stafford (Windsor House), Richard Petrik, (Cortland at the October 15th meeting; Barb Adams, Healthcare) Verona George, Joan Hickox, Carol Jean Goddard, Florence Satterlee, Dorothy Cleer, Our Friends in Need of Prayer: Judy DeFabrizio, and Melanie Albrecht; Brittany Allison; Paula Claudia York. Verona Applegate; Chris Applequist; Dale Bailey; reported on the curtains. Sharon Barnhart; Charles Bartholomew; Mary The fabric is now in and Beechy; Andrius Biliunas; Hannah Bontrager, Dawn we hope to have them Bright; Melody Bundy; Ed Button; Bill Byers; Ray done by the end of Chambers; Terri Chiarella; Ray Clark; Ed Cleer; Mikey October. Cleer; Michelle Coakley; Colleen & Michael; Rita We held our Covert; Mary Cross; Shirley Cross; Ray Cross; Lester annual Fall Luncheon Davis; Jack Daughtery; Braden Davenport; Hunter with 84 ladies from area Davis; Laura Dowen; Jack Frederick; Cory Freeman; UMWs present. We all enjoyed a presentation of "This Pastor Jim George; Kathy Granados; Dean Henry; is My Story," by Colleen Aliberty. Everyone had a Trisha Hientz; LeAnn Highfield; Evelyn Hill; Jordan wonderful afternoon. Hillard; Barb Hurst; Chris Huth; Hariette Ingram; Kathy Plans are being made for Mrs. Claus Closet to Jackson; Lindsey, Jarvis; Jones Family; Robert be held November 20th. Anyone willing to give a Klembarsky; Bart Krontz; Largen Family; Edna Lauth; demonstration please contact Judy DeFabrizio. All Rachel Marks; Blanche Marcello; Bob Matthews; donations to the silent auction are appreciated. Eleanor McAninch; Morgan McCauley; Wendy Metcalf; All ladies of the Church are invited to come Melissa Miller; Mollie Moore; Heather Newell; Justin and join us for our meetings the second Wednesday of Oliver; George Perich; Janet Reed; Jim Richards; Stub each month at 10:30 in the social hall. We hope to see Satterlee; Brian Sawyer; Myra Saylor; Beth Schlacht; you next month. Marilyn Schlacht; Lorrie Schwede; Carol Smith; Middy Smith; John Spelich; Elise Sprong; John Stanley; Frank Stout; Wilma Stremel; Sue Taylor; Jim VanDervort; Sunday Gary Watts; Chad Webb; Kathy Wireman, Paul William; Jeremy, Kate, & Justin Woodworth; Bernie Woods; School News -Those Serving This month the children have learned God was present with people during Bible (Active) in the times and well as now. They learned how God wants us to be generous and patient, and how God has a Military plan for each of our lives. Mark Adams, Phil Babaduex, Josh Berg, Mychael Bulford, Lindsey Romack Canete, Felix Canete Jr., NOVEMBER CURRICULUM Gregory Clisby, Grant Crandall, Charles Cross, Alfonso Nov 2....................................Twins! Estades, Ken Goddard, Josh Hall, Brian Hray, Philip Nov 9......Esau sells His Birthright Lancaster, Andrew Lapchynski, Mark Mahon, Erik Nov 16.............. Jacob cheats Esau McIntosh, Daniel Nellis Jr. John Pettit, Isaac Ralston, Nov 23............................Reunited! Jim Richards Jr., Tammy Rodriguez, Bill Stewart, Kris Nov 30......Elizabeth & Zachariah Stribling, Reed Sutliff, Tim Walker During this Thanksgiving season and each and every day let us give thanks to God for all he has given MARK YOUR CALENDAR us. Here are some daily blessings. To God who give us daily bread, Coming Events November 1– Roast Beef Dinner 4- a thankful song we raise. 6:30– SEE SHARON TO SIGN UP We pray that God who gives us food November 2 – Communion Sunday & Will fill our hearts with praise. Amen Daylight Savings End November 3 –Administrative Board We give you thanks, O Lord, Meeting 7:30 p.m. for all things bright and good, November 4 – ELECTION DAY The beauty of your world, November 5 - Additional Alpha Night – 7.p.m. The bounty of your food. Amen November 9 – Birthdays & Anniversaries; 2nd Sunday supports Bristol BAFA Adult Sunday " November 11 – VETERAN’S DAY November 15 – Scrap with Denise 9:30-9:30 in the School social hall. See Denise for more info or reservations. Classes meet each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the November 16 – Carry In Dinner Sunday School room. Each and every one is welcome November 16 – Bristol Area Min. Assoc. (BAMA) to attend. The lessons are very modern up to date info Thanksgiving Service 6:30 p.m. Wildare UMC on how people deal with their lives and relationships November 20 – MRS. CLAUS’ CLOSET 6:30 PM with God. We usually have a very lively discussion. November 23 –Noisy Collection for BAFA & COURIER Wise to Advise DEADLINE November 27 – Thanksgiving donation. Whatever you can do will be greatly November 29 – Decorating the church for Advent appreciated. November 30 – First Sunday in Advent I’d also like to thank everyone for letting us continue to have or meetings at the church. Our troop Windsor House Nursing Home Ministry every is always looking for community service projects. If Tuesday at 10:00am anyone needs help or has any ideas, please give me a call. Thank you. Starr Spangler 330-889-2109. Tuesday evenings, 6:30 p.m., Alpha .Bible Study 6:30 – No Wednesday night Bible Study while we are NOTICE: Roast Beef 1st doing Alpha. Please join us on Tuesdays. Child care Saturday of the month. If you can help provided. in any way, from setting up, to serving, to cleaning up or baking pies, please Thursdays – Girl Scouts at Church 5:30-7:00 pm see Sharon VanDervort. LAST ONE UNTIL NEXT YEAR! LET’S HAVE A GOOD TURNOUT! Prayer List Updates The Coffee Shoppe is open on Sundays Whenever you need prayer; we are there! at 9:30 a.m. Stop in for some coffee, good Whenever you need friends, know we care. conversation and snacks. Hello All! Remember to help me with this column and send me updates for the names on this list. As you NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS know this list also goes to those who are out of town or unable to attend church. The updates let those Renee Stevens...........................Nov 5 know more about those names so that the prayers can Madelynn McDowell...............Nov 12 become more specific. Contact me by email at Alan Karr.................................Nov 17 SharonVanDervort@aol.com, By Phone at 330 889 Elwyn Satterlee Sr...................Nov 17 2481 or 330 883 8685; By mail at 4949 Old State Road Leona Hipple..........................Nov 17 Please keep all of the names on the prayer list Dakota Fussleman..................Nov 20 in your hearts and remember that we all have our Pam Monroe...........................Nov 22 silent prayers too. Rebecca Bontrager.................Nov 25 Tom Yesovich had surgery on his Anna Pleso...............................Nov 28 thyroid in October. Everything went well and he is Bob Bailey...............................Nov 28 slowly getting his voice back. He thanks everyone for Tori Amato..............................Nov 30 their prayers. Missionary News NOVEMBER Keeping up with the Smiths: ANNIVERSARIES The Smiths, Jason & Laura, are a couple with Crusade for Christ in Italy. Joyce List receives updates from Linda & Bruce Vogler............Nov 2 them and following is some of the news that Joyce Mitty & Melvin Smith...............Nov 4 received: “I first met Simone over 6 years ago during Beth & Joe Cleer......................Nov 8 the 1st year of his attending La Sapienza University. He Wilma & Robert Satterlee......Nov 25 heard me speaking English with a student who was in Rome for Spring Break. Last week as we were talking We wish each of you a very happy and blessed on campus he said to me, “Let’s study the Bible – the birthday and anniversary. May God bless you and give Old Testament. “ Simone is a very intelligent young you many more. man who understands many of the doctrines of Christianity. Though he understands so much, he is unwilling to put his faith in Christ. My prayer from him THANK YOU is that as we spend time studying God’s word that God From Shirley Cross: Shirley would like to will touch his heart. Simone’s plan is to teach thank her church family for all the cards and prayers. A philosophy in a high school or college. I really believe special thanks to Pastor Jim who was there during her that God could use him to influence students for His procedures. Kingdom. I also really believe that God has divinely brought about this year of Simone consistently being Get Well Wishes to: at the university so that we can study the Scriptures Pastor Jim who is recovering together. Pray that God will use our time together to from rotator cuff surgery. If you haven’t touch Simone’s life. seen him lately, he has a new “best friend” under his arm. This devise is supporting his arm as he recovers from surgery. GIRL SCOUT NEWS Middy Smith who is recovering Hello everyone. The girl scouts had a campout from surgery. last month at Camp Sugarbush. We had lots of fun cooking all our meals outdoors over the open fire. We were very fortunate that God gave us such a beautiful POINSETTIA SALE weekend. It’s time once again to order The troop will be collecting for Operation your Poinsettia’s for the Christmas Christmas Child this month. The collection week is season. Orders must be in by Saturday, November 17-24. This project was started by Franklin November 22nd. As of this printing the prices have yet Graham though the Samaritan’s Purse. We feel that to be determined. For further information you can call this is a very good organization and our troop has sent Carol Jean Goddard – 330-889-0022 or Pastor Jim – the shoe box gifts for the last few years. There will be 330-889-3345. You can send a check to: West information on the desk downstairs. There will be a Farmington United Methodist Church, % Carol box downstairs if you would like to make a donation of Goddard, 6727 Girdle Road, West Farmington, OH a small item, pack your own shoebox, or a monetary 44491. You can also place your order along with cash or check in the collection plate on any Sunday. Please mark the envelope “Poinsettias”. Your name, how many flowers, in memory of or in honor of are needed. Tithing: NOVEMBER Law of God or Gift of God? (Part I) By David S. Bell ITEMS OF INTEREST: Recently, tithing has become of topic of great National Diabetes Month: A time to discussion within the church community and even communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the outside the immediate church community. Some importance of proper diabetes control. This year, ADM congregations set the expectation of giving at the focuses on the deadly complications of diabetes and traditional tithing mark (ten percent of an individual's asks the American public "Why should you care about income); while other congregations rarely, if ever, deal diabetes?" Throughout the month, the American with this predominantly Old Testament concept. In Diabetes Association leverages opportunities both reality, giving in United Methodist congregations, as nationally and locally to raise awareness about well as other mainline Protestant congregations, is far diabetes and its serious complications such as heart less than ten percent of people's income. According to disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and studies by Empty Tomb, Inc., average giving by church amputations. members is less than 2.5 percent of members' annual Election Day: The United States presidential income. A November 23, 2007, Wall Street Journal election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November article titled "The Backlash Against Tithing" notes 4, 2008, will be the 56th consecutivUnited States congregants' reluctance to tithe. presidential election and will select the President and As Christians, we are called to give to God the Vice President of the United States. "what is right, not what is left," as the popular quote National Forget Me Not Day – November from a church marquee states. God calls us to offer 10 is a day to remember family, friends, and loved our "first fruits," not the "leftovers." First fruits giving ones. People use this day to get in touch with family, requires the theological premise that our possessions friends and loved ones, especially those who we and assets ultimately belong to God. All that we have haven't seen in a while. You don't want them to forget in life is a gift from God! Faith-filled, first fruits giving is you, do you!? our opportunity to return to God a small portion of Veterans Day, honors ALL American God's abundant blessing in our lives. Moreover, these veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is blessings are not limited to financial assets or largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for possessions. Most of us can examine our own lives and dedicated and loyal service to their country. find numerous blessings, perhaps even some November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure astounding miracles. veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices Tithing becomes a benchmark for the modern- they have made in the lives to keep our country free. day Christian. Since few regular worship attenders The 12th annual Mrs. Claus’ Closet to be have achieved the giving mark of tithing, how might held on November 20th, starting at 6:30 p.m. There is pastors and church leaders encourage congregants to a $3.00 admission charge which includes, fun, strive to tithe? If pastors and church leaders promote fellowship, a silent auction and as always – good proportionate giving, worshipers will be called to food! Any donations are welcome. Please plan to examine their current giving levels and will be attend and bring a friend. challenged to move closer to the tithe. National Bible Week: is set for Sunday, Why is tithing a benchmark rather than a goal? November 23rd through Sunday, November 30. In his sermon, "The Use of Money," John Wesley National Bible Association’s signature event is preached about "earning all you can, saving all you celebrated the week of Thanksgiving every year since can, and giving all you can." For Wesley, the tithe was 1941. Governors and Mayors from across the country not the ultimate goal of the Christian; it was the proclaim National Bible Week in their states and towns. standard, the normative mark, the common Congressional co-chairs from the House and Senate denominator. Jesus' teaching and example urge us to enter National Bible Week statements into the examine our choices with all our possessions and Congressional Record, and every US President since assets, not just ten percent of them. Frankly, Jesus Franklin D. Roosevelt has issued a National Bible Week asked his disciples for one hundred percent Message commitment. In Holy Smoke: Whatever Happened to Tithing, authors J. Clif Christopher and Herb Mather write: "God provided the tithe as a benchmark, to help us put God first in our lives . . . to help us put all else in proper perspective." Written by David S. Bell, former Director of Stewardship with GOD. He currently serves as Vice President of Stewardship with The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. Thanksgiving is a Time to Remember Thanksgiving is a moment to remember How little we can do to move the stars. All we are and have we must surrender, Nor is Earth less inscrutable than Mars. Knowing this, we know the need for friends Sharing both our pleasures and our pain, Giving, though it may not serve their ends, In joy the love that will our love sustain. Very much like water in a lake, In sum we serve as mirrors to the sky. No one alone can heaven's picture take. Given friends, we know the reason why.
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